Fitness News February 2014

By Organic Spa Magazine / January 15, 2014
Stay in shape for the slopes with a yoga for skiers class at Aspen/Snowmass. Photography by Jeremy Swanson

Stay in shape for the slopes with a yoga for skiers class at Aspen/Snowmass. Photography by Jeremy Swanson

Ski-Friendly Fitness Classes

Getting that body in ski-worthy shape is one thing, but keeping it in shape during ski season is another. Fortunately, resorts get that, which is why many offer their guests fitness classes designed for skiers. Here are four to put on your radar:

St. Regis Deer Valley (Park City, UT): New this winter is the Yoga for Skiers class in a studio overlooking the ski trails. You can also request a private class in your room.

Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville, MI): Take a ski-specific yoga class before slipping into the resort’s LEED-certified spa for seasonal treatments designed for skiers.

Aspen/Snowmass (Aspen, CO):  Hitch a gondola (lift tickets are required) to the top of Aspen Mountain for free hour-long yoga classes for skiers, four days a week, during winter.

Stoweflake (Stowe, VT):  Conditioning doesn’t stop when the snow starts falling, which is why your body will love the ski conditioning class offered here twice a week. Each day has a different focus: circuit training one day and core and balance training the next.

A Chocolate Fix You Can Feel Good About

JF14_Fitness News_03Craving a little chocolate to go with your pre- or post-workout snack? Toss a CLIF Bar, like the recently introduced Sierra Trail Mix, into your gym bag. Made with 70 percent organic ingredients, it was one of the first CLIF Bars to be made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Today, all CLIF Bars that contain chocolate are certified, and the company is looking to introduce this cocoa into other CLIF brands like MOJO, its sweet and salty trail mix bar.

JF14_Fitness News_04Stairmaster Redux

It is hard to believe, but Stairmaster is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and they have given themselves—and us—a birthday present. The new StepMill 3 (SM3) is a smaller, more compact  home version of the classic Stairmaster that we all  know and love so well at the gym! Now you can go for the burn in the comfort of your own home. $2,999;

–Lily Nikolai

Fitness Food

It’s affordable, healthy and delivered to your door, and, if you are in the Chicago area, you’ll want to know about Factor 75, a new meal delivery service based on the notion that 75 percent of your fitness results come from what you eat.  The meals—with gluten-free, low carb, low fat, vegetarian, paleo options, and more—are devised by fitness, medical and nutritional experts, to “enhance mind and body performance.”

–Lily Nikolai

ASICS Introduces New Eco-Friendly Fabric

ASICS is making buying sustainable fitness apparel easier with the launch of its Ecoline fabric. The fabric uses natural active particles from coconuts to make clothing breathe better, control odor more effectively and offer greater UV protection. The fabric will be featured in the spring 2014 FujiTrail collection, which hits store shelves this month.